NPQEL Delivery and Dates

NPQEL Residential

Rookery Hall Hotel and Crewe Hall Hotel







“Fantastic couple of days – we were worked hard and I was exhausted by bedtime on day one, however I feel like I have learnt lots and had a fantastic experience. Hotel rooms and food were lovely as were refreshments. Speakers were great and very thought-provoking – a really worthwhile experience and thoroughly enjoyed.”   

Rhian Williams, Executive Principal, Merseyside

“One of the best training experiences I have received.”     

Richard Lane, CEO Mercia Primary Academy Trust

At the Alliance of Leading Learning we are intent on investing fully in your professional learning. We want to ensure you have a quality experience and the time to focus solely on your leadership learning without the distractions of the day job.  We understand that some delegates are anxious about 2 days away from school and also family commitments – but all feedback has confirmed such anxieties were surpassed by the deep learning achieved through investing this time.

*Please do contact us at with any personal issues you have with regards to the residential and we will always do our best to find a resolution.

Our residentials are held at Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa near Nantwich.  We use high quality hotels that are equidistant for our delegates from the North West and West Midlands.  Rookery Hall Hotel sits a short distance from Crewe mainline train station (one and half hours from the centre of London by train).


Application process  – 

Gateway for applications is now open 

Please register to be sent an application form.  *Please be aware the application form needs you to invest quality time to evidence you hit the success criteria. You also need to ensure your sponsor has time to verify each section of your application and you need to plan for this.

In these strange times we need to ensure more than ever our leaders have the leadership competencies to adapt to the “New Normal” and support others in their teams with drive and resilience. Although we advocate F2F facilitated learning – all of our programmes will also be available on line to ensure we continue delivery if certain restrictions remain. Also those of you in high risk groups and working from home for the foreseeable future will be supported in accessing the NPQs and moving your professional learning forward. 


The Department for Education (DfE) have confirmed that scholarships are available for all NPQ programmes commencing before the 31st August 2020.

Register by Friday, 12th June 2020 and submit a completed application by the 29th June to secure these funded places.

Whilst the criteria remains the same for this period, it is going to CHANGE in September 2020 so beyond this we cannot guarantee scholarship funding.

The current NPQ scholarship eligibility funding criteria for state-maintained schools in England is:

  1. All schools that are in a category 5 or 6 area.
  2. All schools that are part of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) which has a footprint (at least one school) in a category 5 or 6 area.
  3. All schools that are part of a Diocese which has a footprint (at least one school) in a category 5 or 6 area.

Your launch day will take place on Tuesday 7th July to ensure delegates qualify for the scholarships. These launch sessions will be via a webinar and an online training session.

Register today to claim your scholarship funded NPQ.    If you have any questions please contact us via

Please register here and we will forward you the full application pack.

2020 – 2021 Cohort Details are as follows:

Remote launch day will take place on Tuesday 7th July 2020

Residential 1 – Tuesday 24th November to Wednesday 25th November 2020 (with Monday 23rd November accommodation also included*)

Residential 2 – Tuesday 23rd March to Wednesday 24th March 2021 (with Monday 22nd March accommodation also included*)

2019 – 2020 Cohort Details are as follows:

Launch day: Thursday 28th November 2019
Residential 1 – Tuesday 3rd March to Wednesday 4th March 2020 (with Monday 2nd March accommodation also included*)
Residential 2 – Tuesday 19th May and Wednesday 20th May 2020 (with Monday 18th May accommodation also included*)  – cancelled

NEW Dates for Residential 2 – Tuesday 15th September and Wednesday 16th September 2020 (with Monday 14th September also included*)

*As we continue to invest in our busy leaders, we have decided to offer a hotel room the night prior as well as during the Residentials. This is to ensure you are well rested, not stuck in traffic and begin the residential with the energy and enthusiasm the NPQEL requires.